I've been working on the coolest office project for the last six weeks. It's a 3000 SF heritage loft space in one of my favourite neighbourhoods, St. Lawrence Market. It's R-A-W space, all exposed ducts, beams and brick. It's going to be pretty!
Construction is slated to begin in February (permits pending) and I'll have process photos to show. Here is a peek from measuring day:
The behind-the-scenes process starts with a good understanding of who is using the space and how it's being used. What kind of work is being done, how is that work done, who needs to sit with who, what is the corporate culture are some of the considerations before figuring out how all of that gets expressed in furniture, lighting and flooring.
I mention this first step because it's tempting to walk into a space and start decorating. I'm filled with ideas about how things should look, where things should go and what I would do if it was my place. But I've learned to slow down and ask those important questions of the people who are actually using the space. Then I can let it rip.
Offices turned out to be surprisingly COOL. Dunder Mifflin shouldn't be the default aesthetic. With a little design magic, look what we can do:
Photo: West Elm
Love this boardroom that used curvy leather chairs in place of traditional conference room chairs on castors.
The most stylish copier nook ever.
Gus Modern's GT Rocker is an unexpected choice in an office environment, but it's so much better than standard office lounge furniture, don't you think?
Forget whiteboards, chalkboard walls are a retro alternative.
This is how you do office lounge furniture.
Another gorgeous boardroom. With a space this architecturally interesting you could put a plywood sheet and a couple of sawhorses and it would look good. Look at the detail: those pendants, the plants, the blue legs on the table. Wonderful.
Project St. Lawrence Market updates coming soon!